Coach David "Zack" Scott, a VMI track and field alumnus who was hired in October of 2004, concluded his 13th season as an assistant coach at VMI at the end of the 2016-17 season. His primary duties include meet management, recruiting for all events and strength training. Scott has seen six athletes qualify to the NCAA East Regional Championships and a combined 28 make the IC4A/ECAC meets. His athletes have also won 10 conference titles and 19 all-conference honors.
The development of Tiffany Quick and the final year of Elizabeth Johnston's collegiate career were one of Scott's best stories in 2016-17, as Quick was third in the shot put indoors and Johnston capped her collegiate career with a second-place finish with a more than 20 foot increase in the discus. Quick moved into the top five, both indoors and outdoors, in program history in the shot and still has two years of eligibility remaining. On the men's side, Jordan White wrapped up his career by qualifying to the IC4A Outdoor Championships in a pair of events.
2015-16 may have been the best year under Scott for the Keydet throwers, as White not only won the weight throw indoors, but was the hammer throw conference champion outdoors. He was the Most Outstanding Field Performer both indoor and outdoor, while Joel Hoisington became the #2 shot putter in VMI history and swept both indoor and outdoor conference titles. Logan Edwards was all-conference in the hammer outdoors, and Brian Donna and Emily Fulton missed all-conference honors in the javelin by just one position, both finishing fourth. All told, the VMI men grabbed four of the eight scoring positions in both the indoor and outdoor shot put, including White's title in the shot (and weight throw). Both the men's and women's teams had an all-conference finisher in every throwing event.
Coach Scott's impact as a recruiter has produced all-conference athletes and records broken in several events, including one of his primary protégés, Mary Grace Lemon. Lemon broke the school record in the discus as a true freshmen, was selected as Freshman of the Year in the Big South and went on to set the school record in the hammer later in her VMI career. Scott also recruited current or former school record holders in the women's javelin, heptathlon, women's long jump and women's pole vault, as well as recruiting former all-conference throwers Chad Lawson and Cody Davis, as well as jumper Ademola Titcombe.
Coach Scott has also tutored Renee Reives, the #2 shot putter in the history of the VMI women's program, who won the 2014 Big South outdoor title in that event and graduated with the school record in the discus.
Since his arrival in 2004, Scott has been selected by the United States Track and Field governing body (USATF) as an Emerging Elite Coach. Scott has also developed All-Conference performers in every throwing event, men's and women's, and has seen every woman's throwing record broken during his time at the Institute. Finally, he is a USATF Level II certified coach in the jumps, a USATF Level III certified coach in the throws, an IAAF Level V certified track and field coach and an NCAA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the USTFCCCA.
Coach Scott's time working with the VMI throwers has been highlighted, among other things, by then-sophomore Lawson winning the Indoor Conference Championship in the men's weight throw, an event VMI had not produced a conference champion since 1996. However, Lawson was not the first conference champion under Scott's tutelage. That was Chris Brandriff, the VMI school record holder in the javelin. Brandriff was a two-time Penn Relays runner-up and a conference champion in the event, but also earned Academic All-American honors in both 2005 and 2006, along with VMI's prestigious Three-Legged Stool award, which honors the senior who best exemplifies the three pillars of VMI life (Academic, Athletic and Military).
Scott began coaching in 1996, as an assistant football and track coach at James W. Robinson Secondary in Fairfax, VA. While Scott was on staff, the school won a pair of state titles on the gridiron, and Scott coached Steve Huntzinger in the throws. Huntzinger was a seven-time state champion, a three-time high school All-American and runner-up in the shot put at the Nike Indoor Classic as a senior. Scott also ran speed and agility camps during the summer, and helped aid in developing one of Virginia's top power lifting programs.
Coach Scott was a nationally-ranked high school shot putter and discus thrower at Mount Vernon HS, where he is now in the school's Hall of Fame. As a student-athlete at VMI, he was a member of two SoCon championship teams and an All-Southern Conference thrower in the shot, discus and hammer. Scott graduated from the Institute with a degree in International Studies, and before returning to VMI, worked nine years as a defense contractor, specializing in Intelligence Operations.
Coach Scott is a United States Marine Corps Gulf War veteran. He has also been a VMI Keydet Club Flying Squad member for the past eight years, as well as serving as a Cadet Counselor and now adult supervisor for the College Orientation Workshop Program at VMI for more than a decade. He resides in Lexington.